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Lawmakers return to Frankfort for another round

In my opinion, when our legislators fail to get their job done within the alloted time, having been given ample time, they should not be paid when called back. It costs thousands of dollars just for the support staff. The news stated that the cost to taxpayers is some $300 thousand per week which could be better spent on the state budget.  (Apr 18, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Beshear took state plane to SEC basketball ...

I don't see any big deal here. The KY democratic party is paying the state for the trip and the plane should be flown frequently to keep it operational. We are looking at a few thousands of dollars compared to President Obama's many questionable trips where each trip costs millions of dollars in taxpayer money. In my mind, Governor Beshear is doing a good job governing and conducting himself.  (Mar 19, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Suspect in shootings had fallen on hard times

If Sgt. Bales murdered these civilians, there is no justification. That being said, he apparently has been undergoing severe mental problems and he probably lost judgment and control of himself. As I understand the news reports, he is a bona fide hero for his past service and had dedicated his life to the military - probably at the expense of his family. Don't know what a Sgt's salary and benefits are, but he and his family should have been able to live without a major debt problem. I hope that he is treated fairly and with concern. His action, if true, caused major problems in our objective to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. I am not sure that we should have gone in with troops in the first place.  (Mar 19, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

McConnell wants to hold prison chief accountable

Talk about accountability, I think that it is past time that we held Mitch and his cohorts, both Republican and Democrats accountable for the past 20 years or so for the earmarks, spending and general mismanagement of our government. We would not be some $16 trillion in debt if all of Congress had not approved the spending bills. And that is my two cents worth - how about you?  (Mar 9, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Hopes for public university in Appalachia fading

With a shortfall in state tax income now and in the forseeable future, how can we afford another state supported university? We give our current universities and colleges millions of dollars and they say not enough and beg for more. How many classrooms and labs are vacant during the day and early evening? The coal severance money should be used for reclamation and restoration for the damage coal mining is doing in Eastern and Western KY.  (Mar 2, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Kentucky Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

I do not know what the actual situation is in Afghanistan; however, I do know that the majority of the people hate the U.S.and our allies for being occupiers of their country. We are giving the leaders in Afghanistan several millions of dollars per month, plus American lives. No one in the past has been able to restructure their warlord society. The enemy is among our troops. I say don't turn your back on any of them and let's get out as soon as it is feasible.  (Feb 27, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Patton makes personal appeal for public university

With so many obligations for state tax money, and the shortfall in income and a budget deficit - all we need in the state is another sink hole to make tax money disappear.  (Feb 22, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

House passes bill to restore felons' voting rights

I question the common sense of the individuals who even consider this proposal as to whether they should be a representative. A convicted felon loses their rights as citizens until they have served their sentence under the law. Period.  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Garment workers could lose jobs to prisoners

I can understand why the company and the workers at Olive Hill are concerned about this contract and I agree with them. I am all for prisoners working and producing a product that will help pay for their incarceration. Perhaps there can be some comprimise and they can produce something else.  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Ky. Senate Approves Measures To Raise Dropout Age

A young person drops out of school for a reason. Perhaps they did not get the necessary basic skills needed to learn. Perhaps they cannot learn at the normal pace. Perhaps they have a home situation where they are not prepared physically and mentally. Regardless of why they want to drop out, schools must be prepared to deal with and accomodate these students and that always takes money, people and time. Will the needed facilities, equipment and personnel be available? A big mistake is to force a student to remain in a situation where they cannot or will not succeed at something. Who will lose in this situation? The losers will be the student, the rest of the class, the teachers and the school.  (Feb 4, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

Supporters Rally For Charter Schools At Capitol

The Executive and Legislative groups must think this charter school business over very carefully before approving them and getting federal mandated guidelines which may not be federally funded by a financially unsound federal government.  (Jan 26, 2012 | post #2)

Kentucky

University wants to build Appalachia's intellect

Don't know much about Norway, but I know that if you have access to unbiased and reputable media, you see what is happening in all countries. You probably agree that you cannot spend more than you have earned. Don't know what newspaper you are reading, but it sounds like propaganda to me. There is a deep respect for life in the U.S.. There are no mass graves. Individuals and their families who cannot afford burial services are provided individual coffins, burial plots and markers. As a nation, we do not approve of abortion but it is done by a few individuals. My personal view is no abortions with the exception of saving the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest, and as soon as possible after the act. In case you are not old enough to remember, I hope that your history classes have taught you about the American blood and national treasure that we spent to insure that you are not now living under a dictator and speaking mandatory German. I am happy for you that life in Norway is perfect, but you need to get the facts on what is going on in other countries.  (Jan 21, 2012 | post #5)

Kentucky

University wants to build Appalachia's intellect

Hello SNJ - Surprised to see that you read these posts. My ancestors come from your neck of the woods. Kentucky is a diversified state, from the mountains in the East to the central knobs and bluegrass plains to the flatlands of the West. Coal is mined mainly now by stripping off the mountain tops with the waste going into the valleys in Eastern KY. Now about education. We do have taxpayer education for pre-school, elementary and secondary schools. Universities (we have some 9 state supported and we reallly do not need another) take a huge chunk of the state budget. We have all sorts of grants and loan programs for students and tuition is comparatively low with other states. But basketball is our #1 concern with several coaches receiving high salaries supplemented by support groups which makes their income in the millions. Our politicians say that education is our #1 priority but we pay our teachers low salaries compared with business and industry people with comparable responsibilities. Many of our college students major in Social Studies, Physical Education, Philosophy, Art Education, etc. And there are a few who major in Physics, Chemistry, Math, Architecture, Engineering, etc. More and more foreign students are attending (especially Chinese), getting their education and then going back to their homeland. We do have a very good Community/Technical College system which is expanding to prepare more young people for the work force. Our country is moving more and more toward socialism which is not a good thing since we are borrowing 40 cents of every $1.00 our government is spending. Our budget is not balanced and we have a $15 Trillion plus debt. We must change our habits and our course. Enough for now. Thanks for tuning us in on your email.  (Jan 20, 2012 | post #3)

Kentucky

Text of Beshear's budget address to lawmakers

After reading it carefully, it sounds like a good and fiscally responsible budget proposal. Now we hope that members of the legislature will carefully consider and act responsibly with reason and common sense. No doubt, there will be screems and howls from those who represent special interests.  (Jan 19, 2012 | post #1)

Kentucky

University wants to build Appalachia's intellect

I would be in favor of this project ONLY if funds that are now earmarked for other coal severance tax money is diverted to a new state supported university. But this would only be the beginning of requests for more funding. Universities absorb money like sponges. The state needs to concentrate on preparing young people with technical skills and to work in manufacturing and production jobs which all areas of our state need.  (Jan 16, 2012 | post #1)